Stage 1 – Desired Results
- Learners will move in a Godward direction by growing in their understanding, appreciation of, and application of Biblical teaching.
- Read the book of Romans and understand the main arguments and advice Paul teaches.
- Understand how their own beliefs and choices compare with those presented in the book of Romans.
Understandings. Learners will understand…
- That Paul’s arguments are as relevant today as when they were first made.
- What the controversies in Romans are.
- How we think affects the choices we make in both big and small ways.
- What a Biblical worldview is.
- What are the themes of Romans?
- How does our culture agree or disagree with the teachings in Romans? What about you?
- How do you resolve the apparent conflicts in Romans?
- What would a culture look like if it was opposed to the teachings in Romans? How does that compare to our world now?
- What’s your plan for understanding more of the Bible?
Students will know…
- What the background to Romans is and why it was written.
- Definitions of key terms like grace, faith, law, justification, atonement, righteousness, Calvinism, Armenianism, Compatibilism, sovereignty.
- What a worldview is and how it affects a culture’s assumptions and thinking.
Students will be able to…
- Identify major thematic elements through critical reading.
- Use the context of Biblical passages to determine semantic range and meaning of unfamiliar words.
- Use their own words to describe the logical development of the book of Romans.
- Evaluate conflicting theological interpretations of Romans
- Contrast their worldview with a Biblical one.
Stage 2 – Assessment Evidence
- Create outlines for sections of the book of Romans
- Reflect on the level of agreement between their personal views and those of the Bible.
- Choose to support and defend a theological stance using the Bible and logic.
- Create imaginary worlds that compare and contrast their own world and understanding with other, idealized, worlds that may either align or oppose Biblical teaching.
- Classroom discussions
- Bible reading responses
- Reflective writing assignments
Stage 3 – Learning Plan
The number and diversity of learning activities involved in teaching the Book of Romans (which is 16 chapters long) would be immense. Each chapter requires
- a reflection on previous chapters;
- re-energizing effort and motivation to find new depth;
- reading and summarizing the text;
- possibly reading supplementary texts in order to provide the necessary background needed to understand the references being made by Paul;
- reflecting on the meaning and depth of the added chapter;
- analysis of difficult concepts;
- evaluation of the implications and application of these concepts;
- and much more.
So, without adding any variety or even much depth, I would need over 120 different bullet points to flesh out teaching this material. I don’t think this is the place to put that level of detail down, so will leave it as a skeleton for now.